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SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy - International

CRICOS code: 112051B
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Next intake February 2024
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months

Course description

Would you like to become a qualified beauty therapist working in a salon, day spa, resort spa, or international spa? This diverse beauty therapy course equips you with advanced skills and knowledge to work at a senior level in the industry.

You’ll develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge in beauty therapy fundamentals, business marketing and planning, and advanced spa therapy treatments, including waxing, lash and brow tinting, manicures and pedicures, facials, and massage; relaxation, hot stone, aromatherapy and lymphatic.

You will gain valuable hands-on experience at our practical clinic The Studio, at the Geelong City Campus. Our Diploma program is well-regarded in the industry. Our graduates have achieved a 100% employment rate for the last two years!

Work placement/industry experience

Work experience is not required in this course but is recommended, with an option to undertake 80 hours of placement organised by the student. *If undertaken, please note that you may be required to travel outside your usual training location to attend work experience. This may include other regional areas or suburbs of Melbourne.

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Possible career outcomes

  • Senior beauty therapist
  • Beauty therapy salon manager/owner
  • Spa therapist/manager/owner
  • Beauty trainer
  • Beauty sales representative 

Applications & attendance

How to apply

Find out what documents you will need to complete for your application.

How to apply

Please complete the two forms below and submit via an education agent in your country.

Application form   SOP

If you need help, contact the International team.

Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Feb 2023
Close: 1 Feb 2024 
Class DayStart: 29 Jan 2024
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9am to 4pm
Full-time: 12 months  Apply  
2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 23 Mar 2023
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class DayStart: 15 Jul 2024
Timetable to be advised
Full-time: 12 months  Apply  


Note: Students are required to undertake some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside of class time.

Please refer to our key dates and orientation webpage here.

We reserve the right to close course intakes early. Many courses have limited places and high demand. Early applications are recommended. We reserve the right to cancel intakes and courses if there are insufficient student numbers.


Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent – Equivalents can be found on our Entry Requirements page.


IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band below 5.0 (or equivalent) – Equivalents can be found on our English language equivalency page.
*Applicants from specified countries may be exempt from English Language Requirements for admissions purposes. Such students will still need to provide evidence of meeting minimum English requirements for visa purposes. Check the list of exempt countries for more information.

Age/other requirements:

You must be 18 years or over at the time of course commencement.

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Advise on beauty products and services SHBBCCS005 30
Apply safe hygiene health and work practices SHBXWHS003 40
Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment SHBXIND003 45
Conduct salon financial transactions SHBXCCS007 25
Design and apply make-up SHBBMUP009 45
Incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy SHBBSSC002 60
Incorporate knowledge of skin structure and functions into beauty therapy SHBBSSC001 60
Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms SIRXOSM002 50
Maintain health and wellbeing in a personal services setting SHBXCCS005 40
Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context SHBXCCS006 40
Provide body massages SHBBBOS008 100
Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations SHBBFAS005 100
Provide lash and brow services SHBBFAS004 30
Provide manicure and pedicare services SHBBNLS007 60
Provide salon services to clients SHBXCCS008 30
Provide specialised facial treatments SHBBFAS006 100
Provide waxing services SHBBHRS010 100
Research and apply beauty industry information SHBBRES003 20
Sell to the retail customer SIRXSLS001 20
Use electric file equipment for nail services SHBBNLS011 30
Elective Units Code Hours
Design and apply make-up for photography SHBBMUP010 30
Interpret the chemical composition and physical effects of cosmetic products SHBBCCS007 30
Maintain infection control standards SHBBINF002 75
Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments SHBBCCS006 35
Provide aromatherapy massages SHBBBOS009 80
Provide spa therapies SHBBSPA006 80
Provide stone therapy massages SHBBSPA007 45
Provide superficial lymph massage treatments SHBBBOS011 80
Work in a spa therapies framework SHBBSPA005 20


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on work    
  • Written assignments
  • Team Projects    
  • Industry placement

Fees are based on current year and are subject to change for future years. Fees are charged upon course offer and must be paid to obtain the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Contact the international office for detailed information or see fees, payments and refunds. More information.

Total tuition fee:


Total approx. materials and courses expenses:

Materials AUD $3,010.00 Once
Resources AUD $1,015.00
Additional Costs AUD $390.00 Once

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Date published: 20/11/2023 4:17:17 PM